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  • Release Date: January 30, 2009
  • Publisher: Bethany House
  • Pages: 294

Tender Grace Reviews

Publishers Weekly

“The literature of widowhood is compelling—Joan Didion’s A Year of Magical Thinking had an impact well beyond her usual readership. Novelist Stark, a retired English teacher who’s not afraid to invoke the great classic poets, makes a lovely debut in this story of Audrey Eaton, a widow whose road trip is also a healing journey. That plot device is not new, but Stark’s writing is fresh and delicate, successfully expressing nuance in a narrative that is mostly about emotions, not events. Her dialogue is witty and easy; an interlude at a homeless shelter is nice comic relief. The Christian elements required for the evangelical audience are natural for the plot—lots of bereaved people derive comfort from renewed faith. But they’re slightly overdone; God’s work can be apparent in a story of transformation even without explicit labeling, especially with a narrator given to dignified understatement. If Stark’s next book does more showing and less telling with the elements of faith, she could gain the larger audience she deserves. (Feb.)”

The review can be found on Publishers Weekly website here.

Kim Ford’s Wecome To My World

Never before have I read a book that made me weep before I reached page thirty-five and had me rejoicing by the time I read the final passage! Tender Grace is the most poignant, beautiful, unforgettable story I’ve ever read! I don’t think I’ll ever be able tor read the book of John without thinking of this amazing story!

You know, it seems impossible to do this story justice in a brief review. This is a story of death unto life. It is a story of self-discovery and healing. It is a story of facing life’s darkest moments with Christ and emerging to find life - and more abundantly. Jackina Stark has poured out the most beautiful story of grace upon the pages of this book, and it will leave your heart and mind strengthened and changed!

Audrey Eaton has lost her husband, but more tragically, she seems to have lost herself in the fifteen months since his death. Her decision to travel from her home in Missouri to the coast of California is her first step toward living again, and the journey she takes is filled with so many amazing moments that you will find your own heart filled with gratitude and praise! This book has been one of life’s Tender Graces for me personally, and I can’t recommend it highly enough! This is an amazing, amazing book! Read it!!

Read the review on Kim’s website here.

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